From Our Member Organizations
Central Exchange Celebrates 35 Years of Service with “35 for 35” Project
ION member organization, the Central Exchange, celebrated its 35th anniversary in June by kicking off the “35 for 35” Project, which encourages Central Exchange members to volunteer their time to the community. Central Exchange has identified 35 area nonprofit organizations and is scheduling specific days for volunteering at each organization.
Central Exchange chief executive CiCi Rojas noted that the “35 for 35” project has two goals – to create networking opportunities for its members and to support community organizations. Dates have already been identified for 18 organizations through the end of 2015; eventually all 35 organizations will benefit from the volunteer efforts of CX members and the public.
Network 2000 Releases Most Recent Census of Women on Boards in Maryland
Maryland’s Network 2000 has released updated numbers for women on board and serving as executive officers in the public companies headquartered in the state. The organization reported a slight increase in the percentage of board seats held by women (from 13.3% to 14.2%). They also reported an increase in the number of companies with no women on their boards and among those with no women in either board and executive officer positions. (05/2015)
ION President JoAnn Cavallaro Recognized As a Most Influential Woman in Boston
The Women of the Harvard Club Leadership Committee has recognized ION President JoAnn Cavallaro as one of Boston’s Most Influential Women. (04/2015)
FWA Recognizes Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte, as a TrailBlazer
Financial Women’s Association (FWA) honored Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte LLP as the “Trailblazer of the Year” at their 2015 Women of the Year Awards Dinner on May 11 at the Grand Hyatt New York City. Earlier this year, Engelbert became the first woman to lead one of the major professional services in the US. (04/2015)
ION Board Member and Managing Director Participate in EUCI Leadership Conference for Women in Energy
ION board member Donna Evans, CEO of the Women’s Leadership Foundation/Chamber of Commerce in Colorado, and ION Managing Director Julie Graber participated in the EUCI Leadership Conference for Women in Energy in June 2015. Evans participated in a panel discussion regarding strategies for increasing the number of women on corporate boards, which Graber moderated using ION research data. Graber also moderated a panel discussion on the most recent research regarding women and leadership. Attendees included the top women in the energy industry in the US. (06/2015)
ION Member The Board Connection is reporting progress in their 2014 Report: Voices Being Heard for women on boards in Texas. Their analysis showed an increase in the percentage of board seats held by women in companies headquartered in the state as well as a decrease in the number of companies with no women on their boards. (03/2015)
Financial Women’s Association Partners with Forbes for Special Section in 2015 Investment Guide
This is the fifth year that New York’s Financial Women’s Association (FWA) has partnered with Forbes to include a special section for the Forbes annual Investment Guide. The section, In Good Company: Women Answer the Global Talent Imperative, says companies are reshaping their definitions of leadership to include the skills and strengths women bring to those roles in order to develop and retain the leaders they need to meet the demands of the global economy. The section also highlights the work of FWA in advancing women’s leadership through its programs and services. (01/2015)
Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia Releases Annual Census for Region’s Top 100 Companies (10/2014)
Women’s Economic Development Council Releases 2014 Census Report (11/2014)
WELD Releases 2015 Women You Should Know Calendar to Highlight Professional Accomplishments of Women in Central Ohio
Wisconsin Board Diversity Improving, But More Work to Be Done, Says Milwaukee Women Inc. in Partnership with the Greater Milwaukee Committee (10/2014)
Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Companies Leading the Way With Women on Their Boards (09/2014)
‘Win/Win’ Campaign Calls for More Women in Top Corporate Posts
Gender Equality as an Investment Concept
- Pax World President/CEO and ION Advisory Council Member Joe Keefe published a white paper to argue that investors can promote gender equality and women’s empowerment while potentially reaping financial returns. Keefe cites evidence which supports the idea the businesses embracing gender diversity may be better positioned for long-term financial success.
Pax World, March 22, 2011
ION Report Makes Case for Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards
- The report highlights institutional investors supporting gender diversity at the top, including Calvert Investments, Pax World Management, Walden Asset Management, Trillium Asset Management, Connecticut State Treasurer Denise Nappier, CalPERS and CalSTRS, and provides an action plan for investors who wish to benefit from improved governance.
CNBC, March 7, 2011